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Current Alzheimer Research


ISSN (Print): 1567-2050
ISSN (Online): 1875-5828

Alzheimers Disease and Immunotherapy

Author(s): Beka Solomon

Volume 1, Issue 3, 2004

Page: [149 - 163] Pages: 15

DOI: 10.2174/1567205043332126

Price: $65


Site-directed antibodies which modulate conformation of β-amyloid peptide became the theoretical basis of the immunological approach for treatment of Alzheimers disease (AD). Indeed, antibodies towards the EFRH sequence, located between amino acids 3-6 of the N-terminal region of Alzheimers AβP, found to be a key position in protein conformation modulation, suppress formation of β-amyloid and dissolve already formed fibrillar amyloid. The performance of anti-β-amyloid antibodies in transgenic mice models of AD showed they are delivered to the central nervous system (CNS), preventing and dissolving β-amyloid plaques. Moreover, these antibodies protected the mice from learning and age-related memory deficits. Naturally occurring anti-AβP antibodies have been found in human CSF and in the plasma of healthy individuals, but were significantly lower in AD patients, suggesting that AD may be an immunodeficient disorder. Active and / or passive immunization against β-amyloid peptide has been proposed as a method for preventing and / or treating Alzheimers disease. Experimental active immunization with Aβ 1-42 in humans was stopped in phase II clinical trials due to unexpected neuroinflammatory manifestations. Antibodies generated with this first-generation vaccine might not have the desired therapeutic properties to target the ‘;correct’; mechanism, however, new clinical approaches are now under consideration. Immunotherapy represents fascinating ways to test the amyloid hypothesis and offers genuine opportunities for AD treatment, but requires careful antigen and antibody selection to maximize efficacy and minimize adverse events.

Keywords: alzheimer disease, monoclonal antibodies, abp, immunotherapy, n-terminal region, amyloid plaque, immunodeficiency, neuroinflammation

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